Camden Arts Centre

Placing the artist at the core of the programme, the arts centre strives to involve members of the public in the ideas and processes behind the works on display.

 Camden Arts Centre

The Grade II listed premises was first constructed as Hampstead Central Library having been designed by the architect Arnold Taylor.

It was opened in 1897 by its benefactor Sir Henry Harben, then Deputy Chairman of the Prudential Assurance Company.

Amazingly, the building survived World War II, despite hits by enemy incendiary bombs in 1940 and the blast from a V2 rocket in 1945.

When the library transferred to a new location in Swiss Cottage in the 1960s, the Camden site was transformed into Hampstead Arts Centre (renamed with its current title in 1967).

Created to provide the local community with classes in painting, life drawing, pottery, printing and basic design, it soon became a focal point for artists living in the area.

Now the space is a venue for exhibiting contemporary visual art and education. The year-round programme includes exhibitions, artist residencies, talks and events, school and artists’ projects, courses and off-site activities.

Venue details

Camden Arts Centre Arkwright Road London NW3 6DG 020 7472 5500

Entry details

Free to all

Tue – Sun, 10am – 6pm (Wed 9pm)